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The best theatre in the UK this December 2020—The Dumb Waiter at the Hampstead Theatre and Pantoland at the Palladium

Plus the Chichester Festival Theatre puts a new spin on Pinocchio

By Michael Coveney   December 2020

The Dumb Waiter, Hampstead Theatre, Planned: 3rd December to 2nd January 2021

Hampstead Theatre re-opens with the play that marked its inaugural season in 1960: Harold Pinter’s early classic of menace and mystery. Two hired killers argue the toss in a Birmingham basement while strange food orders crash down the hatch. A higher authority is at work but, like Beckett’s tramps in Waiting for Godot, these two are hamstrung by their pitiful destiny. Fresh air will be pumped into the auditorium at regular intervals across its 193 socially distanced seats.

Pantoland at the Palladium, London Palladium, Planned: 12th December…

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